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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821186/molecular-population-genetics-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-mirounga-angustirostris
#1
Alicia Abadía-Cardoso, Nelson B Freimer, Kristy Deiner, John Carlos Garza
The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, was heavily hunted and declared extinct in the 19th century. However, a colony remained on remote Guadalupe Island, Mexico and the species has since repopulated most of its historical distribution. Here, we present a comprehensive evaluation of genetic variation in the species. First, we assess the effect of the demographic bottleneck on microsatellite variability and compare it with that found in other pinnipeds, demonstrating levels of variation similar to that in species that continue to be threatened with extinction...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819681/low-level-environmental-cadmium-exposure-induces-kidney-tubule-damage-in-the-general-population-of-korean-adults
#2
Sang-Yong Eom, Mi-Na Seo, Young-Sub Lee, Kyung-Su Park, Young-Seoub Hong, Seok-Joon Sohn, Yong-Dae Kim, Byung-Sun Choi, Ji-Ae Lim, Ho-Jang Kwon, Heon Kim, Jung-Duck Park
Cadmium (Cd) is the most potent nephrotoxic heavy metal and may affect bone; it also has a long biological half-life in the human body. This study was designed to assess the effect of environmental low-level Cd exposure on kidney function and bone in the general population. The subjects of this cross-sectional study were 1907 healthy Korean adults who had not been exposed to Cd occupationally. We analyzed the concentrations of Cd in the urine, markers of renal tubule damage, such as β2-microglobulin (β2-MG) and N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) activity in the urine, calculated the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) using serum creatinine, and measured bone mineral density (BMD)...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819543/diosmin-attenuates-methotrexate-induced-hepatic-renal-and-cardiac-injury-a-biochemical-and-histopathological-study-in-mice
#3
Mohamed M Abdel-Daim, Hesham A Khalifa, Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Mohamed A Dkhil, Saleh A Al-Quraishy
The current study was designed to investigate the beneficial role of diosmin, a biologically active flavonoid, against methotrexate- (MTX-) induced hepatic, renal, and cardiac injuries in mice. Male Swiss albino mice received a single intraperitoneal injection of MTX (at 20 mg/kg, body weight) either alone or in combination with oral diosmin (at 50 or 100 mg/kg body weight, for 10 days). Serum was used to evaluate tissue injury markers, while hepatic, renal, and cardiac tissue samples were obtained for determination of antioxidant activity as well as histopathological examination...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819419/osteopontin-a-promising-biomarker-for-cancer-therapy
#4
REVIEW
Ran Wei, Janet Pik Ching Wong, Hang Fai Kwok
Osteopontin (OPN), a multifunctional protein, has emerged as a potentially valuable biomarker for diagnosing and treating cancers. Recent research focuses on its involvement in tumor biology including the cell proliferation, survival, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis. Understanding the molecular mechanisms and pharmacological effects of OPN in cancer development could lead to new targets for improving cancer diagnosis and treatment. This review explains how the structurally conserved domains of OPN are associated with OPN signaling mediators and CD44, and how the conserved OPN domains determine biological functions...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819379/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-alpha-correlates-with-tumor-associated-macrophages-infiltration-influences-survival-of-gastric-cancer-patients
#5
Wei-Jie Zhang, Cheng Chen, Zhi-Hua Zhou, Shan-Ting Gao, Teong Jin Tee, Liu-Qing Yang, Yuan-Yuan Xu, Tao-Hong Pang, Xin-Yun Xu, Qi Sun, Min Feng, Hao Wang, Chun-Lei Lu, Guo-Zhong Wu, Sheng Wu, Wen-Xian Guan, Gui-Fang Xu
Background: Hypoxia was a common feature for accelerating tumor metastasis by both inducting epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of tumor cells and polarization of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs). The association and roles between hypoxia, EMT and TAMs in the biological behavior of gastric cancer (GC) for the time being recurrence is unclear. Material and methods: hypoixa by expression of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α), polarized functional status of infiltrated TAMs by immunohistochemical staining of CD68 and CD163, and the expression of E-cadherin as EMT property had been evaluated in 236 patients consecutive with histologically confirmed GC...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818578/can-exercise-training-counteract-doxorubicin-induced-oxidative-damage-of-testis-proteome
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José Magalhães, António Ascensão, Ana I Padrão, Inês M Aleixo, Estela Santos-Alves, Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, André Ferreira, Luis Korrodi-Gregório, Rui Vitorino, Rita Ferreira, Margarida Fardilha
The use of the chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX) is limited by its toxicity in several organs such as testes. So, we analyzed the effect of endurance treadmill exercise training (EX) performed before sub-chronic DOX treatment on sperm count and motility, testes markers of oxidative damage and apoptosis. Tissue profiling of proteins more susceptible to oxidation was made to identify the molecular pathways regulated by oxidative modifications, as nitration and carbonylation. Twenty-four adult male rats were divided into four groups (n=6/group): sedentary saline (SED+SAL), sedentary sub-chronically injected with DOX (2mg-kg-1 per week, during 7 weeks; SED+DOX), 12 weeks trained saline (EX+SAL) and trained treated with DOX (EX+DOX)...
August 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818421/erbb-signaling-antagonist-ameliorates-behavioral-deficit-induced-by-phencyclidine-pcp-in-mice-without-affecting-metabolic-syndrome-markers
#7
Hagar Tadmor, Idit Golani, Ravid Doron, Ilana Kremer, Alon Shamir
Schizophrenia is a severe syndrome that affects about 1% of the world population. Since the mid-1950s, antipsychotics have been used to treat schizophrenia with preference for treating positive symptoms; however, their tolerance level is low, there are numerous side effects, and only some patients respond to the treatment. Antipsychotic medications that are more effective, better tolerated, and with fewer adverse effects are urgently needed. Given the accumulating evidence of the role filled by the ErbB signaling network in the biology of the dopamine, GABA, and glutamate systems, and in the etiology of schizophrenia, we hypothesized that the ErbB network is a candidate for development of a novel agent through which various symptoms of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders might be treated...
August 14, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817687/morphologic-phenotypic-and-transcriptomic-characterization-of-classically-and-alternatively-activated-canine-blood-derived-macrophages-in-vitro
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Franziska Heinrich, Annika Lehmbecker, Barbara B Raddatz, Kristel Kegler, Andrea Tipold, Veronika M Stein, Arno Kalkuhl, Ulrich Deschl, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Reiner Ulrich, Ingo Spitzbarth
Macrophages are a heterogeneous cell population playing a pivotal role in tissue homeostasis and inflammation, and their phenotype strongly depends on the micromilieu. Despite its increasing importance as a translational animal model for human diseases, there is a considerable gap of knowledge with respect to macrophage polarization in dogs. The present study comprehensively investigated the morphologic, phenotypic, and transcriptomic characteristics of unstimulated (M0), M1- (GM-CSF, LPS, IFNγ-stimulated) and M2- (M-CSF, IL-4-stimulated)-polarized canine blood-derived macrophages in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817680/human-alpha-defensin-5-is-a-candidate-biomarker-to-delineate-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Amanda D Williams, Olga Y Korolkova, Amos M Sakwe, Timothy M Geiger, Samuel D James, Roberta L Muldoon, Alan J Herline, J Shawn Goodwin, Michael G Izban, Mary K Washington, Duane T Smoot, Billy R Ballard, Maria Gazouli, Amosy E M'Koma
Inability to distinguish Crohn's colitis from ulcerative colitis leads to the diagnosis of indeterminate colitis. This greatly effects medical and surgical care of the patient because treatments for the two diseases vary. Approximately 30 percent of inflammatory bowel disease patients cannot be accurately diagnosed, increasing their risk of inappropriate treatment. We sought to determine whether transcriptomic patterns could be used to develop diagnostic biomarker(s) to delineate inflammatory bowel disease more accurately...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817399/chemotherapy-for-oligometastatic-prostate-cancer
#10
Tanya B Dorff, Christopher J Sweeney
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To analyze recent trials of upfront chemotherapy to determine how this paradigm can be applied to oligometastatic prostate cancer patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Upfront chemotherapy prolongs survival in metastatic prostate cancer, according to the ChemoHormonal Therapy versus Androgen Ablation Randomized Trial for Extensive Disease in Prostate Cancer and STAMPEDE docetaxel trials. However, the benefit is driven by the high volume subset and may not apply to low-volume/oligometastatic patients...
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816390/differential-expression-and-androgen-regulation-of-micrornas-and-metalloprotease-13-in-breast-cancer-cells
#11
Mamoun Ahram, Ebtihal Mustafa, Rand Zaza, Shatha Abu Hammad, Mariam Alhouhud, Randa Bawadi, Malek Zihlif
MicroRNA molecules (miRNAs) play important roles in regulating cell behavior. The expression of certain miRNAs has been shown to be regulated by the androgen receptor (AR), which seems to have a critical role in the tumorigenic process of breast cancer. The differential expression of 84 miRNAs was first examined in three breast cancer cell lines: the luminal MCF-7 and T47D cells and the molecular apocrine MDA-MB-453 cells. Analysis of basal expression of miRNAs revealed that each cell line had distinct miRNA expression where let-7a and -7b were markers of MDA-MB-453 cells, whereas miR-205 was a marker for the luminal cell lines...
August 17, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815924/urinary-micrornas-for-prostate-cancer-diagnosis-prognosis-and-treatment-response-are-we-there-yet
#12
REVIEW
Ovidiu Balacescu, Bogdan Petrut, Oana Tudoran, Dragos Feflea, Loredana Balacescu, Andrei Anghel, Ioan O Sirbu, Edward Seclaman, Catalin Marian
Prostate cancer (PCa) remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in men. Despite the tremendous progress in research over the years, a suitable minimally invasive PCa biomarker is yet to be discovered. The recent advances regarding the roles of microRNAs as biomarkers has allowed for their study in PCa as well, especially as blood-based markers. However, there are several studies that used urine as biological sample to evaluate microRNAs as biomarkers for PCa diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment response, which were reviewed herein...
August 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815883/wwc2-is-an-independent-prognostic-factor-and-prevents-invasion-via-hippo-signalling-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#13
Yijun Zhang, Shumei Yan, Jiewei Chen, Caixia Gan, Dong Chen, Yan Li, Jiahuai Wen, Joachim Kremerskothen, Shilu Chen, Jiangbo Zhang, Yun Cao
WWC family proteins negatively regulate HEK293 cell proliferation and organ growth by suppressing the transcriptional activity of Yes-associated protein (YAP), a major effector of the Hippo pathway. The function of the scaffolding protein WWC1 (also called KIBRA) has been intensively studied in cells and animal models. However, the expression and clinicopathologic significance of WWC2 in cancer are poorly characterized. This study aimed to clarify the biological function and mechanism of action of WWC2 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815849/molecular-aspects-of-uterine-diseases-in-dogs
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REVIEW
R Hagman
Uterine diseases are common in dogs, particularly in countries where elective spaying is not usually performed. The associated clinical illnesses may be of varying degree ranging from merely decreased fertility to a critical pyometra requiring intensive care to survive. The diagnosis of some uterine diseases is generally uncomplicated, such as in a classic pyometra presenting with enlarged, fluid-filled uterus, purulent vaginal discharge and characteristic signs of illness or in other disorders associated with uterine enlargement...
August 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815349/tumor-volume-doubling-time-as-a-dynamic-prognostic-marker-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Jong Kwan Kim, Hyung-Don Kim, Mi-Jung Jun, Sung-Cheol Yun, Ju Hyun Shim, Han Chu Lee, Danbi Lee, Jihyun An, Young-Suk Lim, Young-Hwa Chung, Yung Sang Lee, Kang Mo Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To evaluate the clinical value of tumor growth rate in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients, we investigated the growth rate of HCC by calculating the tumor volume doubling time (TVDT) and its impact on survival and recurrence. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 269 HCC patients who underwent two or more pretreatment imaging studies of computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging was performed. Tumor growth rate and TVDT were calculated by comparing tumor volumes between imaging studies...
August 16, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815334/clinical-characteristics-of-patient-selection-and-imaging-predictors-of-outcome-in-solid-tumors-treated-with-checkpoint-inhibitors
#16
REVIEW
Sabrina Rossi, Luca Toschi, Angelo Castello, Fabio Grizzi, Luigi Mansi, Egesta Lopci
The rapidly evolving knowledge on tumor immunology and the continuous implementation of immunotherapy in cancer have recently led to the FDA and EMA approval of several checkpoint inhibitors as immunotherapic agents in clinical practice. Anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and anti-PDL-1 antibodies are becoming standard of care in advanced melanoma, as well as in relapsed or metastatic lung and kidney cancer, demonstrating higher and longer response compared to standard chemotherapy. These encouraging results have fostered the evaluation of these antibodies either alone or in combination with other therapies in several dozen clinical trials for the treatment of multiple tumor types...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815321/fixational-eye-movements-in-tourette-syndrome
#17
Aasef G Shaikh, Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein, Ronald Schuchard, Glen Ross, Jorge L Juncos
Studies of saccadic eye movements in subjects with Tourette syndrome (TS) have provided additional evidence that there is a link between TS symptoms and deficits in fronto-striato-thalamic networks. These studies revealed impaired timing and inhibition of saccades. We compared fixational eye movements, such as microsaccades and ocular drifts, in subjects with TS and healthy controls.We measured horizontal and vertical eye positions with video-oculography in 14 subjects with Tourette syndrome. We found reduced microsaccade amplitude but increased time between adjacent microsaccades (intersaccadic interval)...
August 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814732/dual-contrast-magnetic-resonance-fingerprinting-dc-mrf-a-platform-for-simultaneous-quantification-of-multiple-mri-contrast-agents
#18
Christian E Anderson, Shannon B Donnola, Yun Jiang, Joshua Batesole, Rebecca Darrah, Mitchell L Drumm, Susann M Brady-Kalnay, Nicole F Steinmetz, Xin Yu, Mark A Griswold, Chris A Flask
Injectable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agents have been widely used to provide critical assessments of disease for both clinical and basic science imaging research studies. The scope of available MRI contrast agents has expanded over the years with the emergence of molecular imaging contrast agents specifically targeted to biological markers. Unfortunately, synergistic application of more than a single molecular contrast agent has been limited by MRI's ability to only dynamically measure a single agent at a time...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814353/pre-and-postoperative-blood-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-and-eosinophil-to-lymphocyte-ratios-in-patients-with-sinonasal-polyps-a-preliminary-investigation
#19
Giuseppe Brescia, Umberto Barion, Claudia Zanotti, Daniela Parrino, Gino Marioni
BACKGROUND: Identifying specific endotypes within the broad picture of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), by using biomarkers for instance, remains a challenge. The prognostic role of the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and the eosinophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (ELR) as potential markers of inflammation has already been discussed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare NLR and ELR before and after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and nasal mometasone furoate for CRSwNP by stratifying patients by their clinical and histologic features...
September 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814267/sex-and-tissue-specific-gene-expression-patterns-identified-following-de-novo-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-norway-lobster-nephrops-norvegicus
#20
Guiomar Rotllant, Tuan Viet Nguyen, Valerio Sbragaglia, Lifat Rahi, Kevin J Dudley, David Hurwood, Tomer Ventura, Joan B Company, Vincent Chand, Jacopo Aguzzi, Peter B Mather
BACKGROUND: The Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, is economically important in European fisheries and is a key organism in local marine ecosystems. Despite multi-faceted scientific interest in this species, our current knowledge of genetic resources in this species remains very limited. Here, we generated a reference de novo transcriptome for N. norvegicus from multiple tissues in both sexes. Bioinformatic analyses were conducted to detect transcripts that were expressed exclusively in either males or females...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
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